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10 Recent Pregnancy Thoughts: 31 Weeks

I’m 31 weeks along now and so here is a super fun and informative update for you!


10. I have moments of forgetting my tummy is large: Like when I turned around in the break room at work and knocked a bottle of water off a table in front of several people.

9: This is our last baby. Seriously. So, dear members of the public, stop saying “ohhhh, you never know.”

8. I could eat cereal for every meal. I can also eat everything else for every meal, but the cereal craving is taking center stage right now.

7. How am I going to carry everything? It seems I always have multiple bags in-hand and I’m slightly concerned adding another little person’s gear to my baggage will be a little crazy-cray.

6. I cannot wait for the moment my daughters meet one another. I am absolutely certain it will be one of the best moments of my life.

5. My right hip feels like a storm is moving in. Ouch.

4. Some much-needed time with my bestie last weekend fueled my soul. I’m feeling strong and geared up to face these last eight weeks head-on.

3. An airport delay can be really relaxing when Delta orders free pizza and you have some good books on the Kindle. Is that the pregnancy zen stuff finally taking hold?

2. Does this heartburn really mean the baby is going to have a lot of hair?

1: Time finally seems to be speeding up a bit!

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10 Recent Pregnancy Thoughts: 26 Weeks

I’m 26 weeks along now. Some people say they feel like this pregnancy is going quickly. Those are the people who are not carrying the baby. However, I’m sure April will be here before I know it!


10: I have been experiencing a heightened desire to correct people’s grammar. So far I have been able to restrain myself because I don’t want to be that person, but if I see one more misplaced apostrophe on Facebook or hear someone say “ain’t” again in the next three months, I might come unglued.

9: However, if grammatically sound, people’s comments regarding my pregnancy aren’t bothering me as much as they did with my first pregnancy. The other day a woman with whom I am acquainted said “wow, that baby bump is really getting big.” I just let it roll off. Maybe it is just that I am more confident in my ability to deliver, raise a baby, and return my body to a state of relative fitness despite the extra pounds and Cesarean scar.

8: How does an OCD gal know if she’s actually nesting? I believe I’m in a permanent state of nesting, so I don’t know how much of my desire to organize my sock drawer or dust the entertainment stand a dozen times a day is pregnancy-related or just my usual personality.

7: I haven’t told my husband this yet, but I’m pretty sure I’ll emerge from the Stevie Nicks/Pretenders concert in February with a new list of baby girl names to include: Stevie, Chrissie, Nicky, Gypsy, Rhiannon, and Gold Dust Woman.

6: Take down your Christmas decorations or I’m going to puke. I had intense morning (all day) sickness with my first pregnancy that reached its pinnacle around Christmas and with this pregnancy, also experienced a great deal of nausea around the holidays. Every time I drive by a lingering plastic snowman or holiday wreath I feel as if I could be sick.

5: My ribs hurt. That’s where the pain seems to be concentrated this time around. I remember my hips and legs hurting with the first pregnancy, but this time it’s all ribs and my upcoming massage cannot come soon enough!

4: I’m not cool anymore. Maybe I never was, but being pregnant is a blatant daily reminder of this fact. It makes me think of what my Connecticut friend Tracee said she thinks when she drops her toddler off at her mother’s for a few hours. She said: “I just feel free and cool again. I don’t even smoke, but I just want to go buy a pack of cigarettes and roll the window down and crank up the music.”

3: Will I be able to love this baby as much as I love my first daughter? I realize the answer is most likely yes, but it is hard to imagine being able to love someone else as much as I love her.

2: I hope my older daughter is still excited when the baby actually arrives. Lately, her elation at her soon-to-be big sister status has compelled her to approach strangers in stores to let them know she has a baby sister in Mommy’s tummy. It’s her favorite topic of conversation.

1: Fewer than 100 days! My doctor won’t let me surpass my due date because of complications with my first pregnancy so we officially are within the 100-day mark! That is worth celebrating.

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Deck the Halls (With These Ornaments)

We are in the middle of a raging blizzard here in the Black Hills. While we hunker down by the tree and watch Christmas movies, here are six sweet ornaments I would love to have hanging on the branches. Stay warm out there, friends!


1. Ethereal etched trees adorn this beautiful piece. (Pier 1) 2. Woodsy ornaments are perfect in the Black Hills. (West Elm) 3. A rustic monogram. (Pottery Barn) 4. I am in love with this set of glass macaron ornaments. (Urban Outfitters) 5. These personalized ornaments come in a fun variety of fun patterns and feature the year. (Land of Nod) 6. This friendly looking deer makes me smile. (Anthropologie)

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The Girl’s Christmas List 2016

Christmas is coming soon and here are the items our two-year-old will be receiving this year. I try to keep a good balance of gifts that are useful and practical with a few goofy things thrown in for good measure.


1. A book about Maya Angelou. (Anthropologie) 2. I love the Cat and Jack line of children’s clothes at Target. They are reasonably priced and cute without being too babyish. (Target) 3. The big present this year is a set of golf clubs so she can join her dad on the links next spring. (Paragon Rising on Amazon) 4. Some adorable and comfortable shoes. (Toms) 5. Optometrist Barbie, of course. (Toys ‘R’ Us) 6. A book to prepare for the upcoming special addition. (Amazon)

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10 Recent Pregnancy Thoughts: 18 Weeks

I’m nearly 18 weeks along now. I have started to feel a tiny bit better, but the exhaustion looms. Rather than bore (or disgust) you with all the pregnancy details, here are a few random thoughts…


  (Photo by Alyssa Crawford Photography)

10: Van Halen sure sounds good right now. (I usually can’t stand Van Halen.)

9: Did they change the scent of Play-Doh? (It has been years since I have smelled the stuff, but my daughter is really into it right now. I swear it smells different.)

8: I’m too old for this s#*&! (Like Danny Glover in Lethal Weapon.)

7: I want Frankenberry cereal now and for every meal.

6: I’m going to burst into happy hormonal tears every time I hear my two-year-old say the words “baby sister.”

5: I guess an international flight to see Metallica during the third trimester is probably out of the question.

4: I wonder if this $59-dollar green bean casserole in the Williams-Sonoma catalog is any good.

3: It’s weird that Williams-Sonoma sells green bean casserole in its catalog.

2: I wish I wouldn’t have just spent $59 on a green bean casserole.

1: I need a nap.